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Clinton St. - Howell
The Richards' approached us to consider putting the wraparound porch back on their 1916 home in the city of Howell. In 2003 the Richards family became the new owners of this wonderful old home. The majority of the interior and exterior had been preserved by previous owners except that in the 50’s the porch was removed and in its place went a very small and inappropriate substitution.
Shortly after moving in, the Richards were visited by a niece of the original owners (and presumably the builders) of their home. She was very interested to meet the new owners and was very gracious in sharing the history and stories of the old place. A photo she brought piqued the Richards’ interest. Taken in 1920 or 1921, the photo shows the original owners and the family on the porch proudly displaying their new car. Not only did this visit answer many questions, but it really got “the wheels turning”.
After some years, and after much work inside and out, it was time to put the house back the way it was meant to be. Mr. Richards had already done much of the preliminary work by the time he called us. Using a jewelry scope, and the old photo, he established the scale of the porch components. He and a draftsman friend drew a very basic set of drawings that would lead to the recreation of the porch.
Mr. Richards called us because of our reputation for quality and accuracy as well as our knowledge and experience with historic homes. A basic contract was signed and the process began. The “city” proved to be a stumbling block we had not anticipated. In order for this project to come to fruition, the “city” actually re-wrote their setback ordinance for a good part of the city, and, obviously, this property was covered by it. This project brought to light a fault in the ordinance and helped to correct it.
So, the permits were finally issued and the project began. The witness marks were located and we were able to establish exactly where the porch should be located. Samples were sent for duplication and after much scrutinizing, the cutting and fabrication began. Our owner, Mr. Richards, had the final product painted and the result is one that much of the town is talking about. I’m sure the original owners would be proud. The project was done completely with wood the way it was originally – something the original owners (who also owned the town’s lumber yard at the time) I hope would be proud of. We sure are!
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